Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Black Gooooold!

Our afternoon series “Encyclopedia Hoonatica” hasn’t reared its ugly head graced this site in a while, but the rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.
In yesterday’s discussion of Sport Truck Graphic Packages, the discussion turned to both the Dodge Warlock and the Chevy Black Knight, whiched forced me to yet again divulge my secret affection for all things painted black and gold. It’s always amazing to me how long the list really is.
I thought for sure that I had already asked this in an E-H post, but looking back through the category, I found nothing. So here you go: How many cars can you name with the so-cheesy-its-cool, so-trendy-its-timeless, black/gold motif? Black paint with gold stripes gets you a base hit, but sizable amounts of extra gold trim/wheels/etc. and a dearth of air* chrome silver pieces knocks it out of the park.

Since we haven’t done this in a while, let’s go over the rules:

  • Read the comments first and don’t post duplicates.
  • Adding photos with standard HTML is good, but…
  • Shrink large images with width="500".

DIFFICULTY: Surprisingly plentiful, even beyond the obvious low-hanging fruit — I’ll bet you know of one or two fairly unique ones, even before you Google.
*inside joke for all you Hoonicast listeners

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89 responses to “Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Black Gooooold!”

        1. Tamerlane Avatar

          And don’t forget the Australian JPS BMWs!

          1. Alff Avatar

            This one may be stretching it a bit…
            <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2022/2237851517_7a6f380acb.jpg"width=500&gt;

          2. sidecar57 Avatar

            Wasn't Smokey partial to black and gold? It must be okay then.

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      I see your valuable classic and raise you a pimped-up modified Pinto.
      <img src="http://www.allfordmustangs.com/photopost/data/3235/medium/BackGoldCobra2.jpg&quot; width=500>

      1. salguod Avatar

        I'll see your pimped-up Pinto and raise it to King pimped-up Pinto:
        <img src="http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-1970-1979/1978-Ford-Mustang-King-Cobra.jpg&quot; width=500>

        1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
          Peter Tanshanomi

          Doesn't have the same ring to it.
          But it does have a certain Halloween/Adam West vibe I like.

          1. salguod Avatar

            OK, most if not all of the striping is orange, but the center of that hood decal is all gold baby. 😀
            And T-tops. Come on, who doesn't like T-tops?

        2. ZomBee Racer Avatar

          I came for the Pint'obras. I was not disappointed. .

    2. Maymar Avatar

      And the new version
      <img src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2006/04/06ShelbyGT-H_14_s.jpg&quot; width="500" img="">

  1. topdeadcentre Avatar

    I must build a new wing onto the carriage house for a new direction in vehicular collecting… NOTHING but BLACK GOLLLLLD!

  2. Matt Avatar

    I respectfully submit my 2005 Saab 9-2x in winter mode:
    <img src="http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad184/krazykarguy/CIMG4474.jpg&quot; width="500">

  3. Maymar Avatar

    <img src="http://www.productioncars.com/send_file.php/jeep_grand_cherokee_limited_black_1995.jpg"&gt;
    Not that it was a deliberate attempt on Jeep's behalf, but the '93-'95 Grand Cherokee Limited, if you got it in black.

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      After they dropped the gold stripe, they introduced new gold-accented wheels for the Limited.
      <img src="http://images.gtcarlot.com/pictures/38182164.jpg"&gt;

      1. Maymar Avatar

        Good point! I forgot about that.

    1. Alff Avatar

      I don't know about anyone else, but I've grown tired of flame surfacing.

  4. CptSevere Avatar

    Not a car, but I don't care because I used to have one just like this. '74 Norton Commando Roadster.
    <img src="http://www.georgiacycledepot.com/images/1974%20NORTON%20COMMANDO%20850%20Black.JPG&quot; width = 600>

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      The Commando 961 SE
      <img src="http://www.diseno-art.com/images/Norton_Commando_961_SS.jpg"&gt;

  5. muthalovin Avatar

    Sorry, this is not factory, but its the most tasteless:
    <img src="http://www.fashion-stylist.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/image/bugati-gold-2.jpg"&gt;

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      Sometimes, it's what's on the inside that counts.
      <img src="http://www.interiorshot.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/361-mansory-bugatti-veyron-linea-vincero-d-oro.jpg&quot; width=500>

      1. muthalovin Avatar

        I saw that, and am so glad you posted it. Look at that shit! Look! That interior is probably worth more than everyone in the Hooniverse makes in a year, combined.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          I must disagree: It may cost more, but it's not worth more.

  6. OA5599 Avatar

    Hurst used black and gold several times for Oldsmobiles.
    <img src="http://media.kansas.com/smedia/2009/06/19/14/985-062009HurstOldsmb6.slideshow_main.prod_affiliate.80.jpg&quot; width=500>
    <img src="http://www.hursthusslers.com/images/79ho-2.jpg&quot; width=500>

    1. lilwillie Avatar

      Yup, one running around my town, in mint shape. I love seeing it go by.

  7. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Aprilia made a half-assed black/gold attempt with the Shiver 750. IMHO, it would have been 10 tons cooler if they'd gone all the way with it.
    <img src="http://www.tanshanomi.com/temp/gold-black-shiver.jpg"&gt;

    1. RevPiper Avatar

      Beautiful bikes.

  8. raphaelinberlin Avatar

    Don't know why, don't care: black goooooold!
    <img src="http://www.dragtimes.com/albums/Palm-Beach-Supercar-Weekend-2009/Lamborghini_Countach_Black_Gold.jpg&quot; width="500">

    1. Tomsk Avatar

      That has to be the most gawdawful DOT/NHTSA-mandated bumper ever to infect a car.

  9. James Avatar

    Black/gold was a popular treatment for mopeds too.
    <img src="http://i450.photobucket.com/albums/qq228/JamesISpalding/blackgoldtomos.jpg&quot; border="0" alt="Photobucket">
    198X Tomos in black&gold.
    Garelli did a couple of models in black and gold, but I couldn't find any pics online. One of my customers at the scooter shop rides a really nice family heirloom Garelli step-though in black/gold.
    The Puch "UPS Magnum" is close, with a little chocolate brown thrown in for good measure.
    <img src="http://i450.photobucket.com/albums/qq228/JamesISpalding/upsmagnum.jpg&quot; border="0" alt="Photobucket">

    1. RevPiper Avatar

      Every time I see a picture of one of these I think to myself "You are lucky to be alive".

  10. Lotte Avatar

    A number of 90's Japanese cars had gold badges optional.
    <img src="http://www.handa-accessories.com/prelude/pregk.jpg&quot; width="400">
    Too bad the first black-gold combo I hit was a Prelude…I thought for sure the search would have yielded one of those oh-so-ubiquitous Camrys first.

    1. RevPiper Avatar

      Is it a matte finish? Doesn't look half bad.

      1. Lotte Avatar

        Doubt it. It seems like a brochure photo, so it's probably a controlled environment and hence there's no background objects reflecting off the paint.

        1. RevPiper Avatar

          I thought 3D Render when I first saw it. The shadow on the plate and the tips of the exhaust look a little too…

    1. LTDScott Avatar

      I see what you did there.

    2. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
      mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      [youtube P4SDhrTPOiI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4SDhrTPOiI youtube]

  11. longrooffan Avatar

    <img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_zCnDCJkPVTc/SMhYlyon01I/AAAAAAAADAw/aniBZalaEOQ/s400/88+jeep+limited_edited.jpg&quot;end"&gt;
    As a younger olelongrooffan, the former missus and I drove an 88 Jeep Cherokee Classic Limited in black with gold badging and wheels. I even got the almost gold, yellow lettered Eagles for it! We even took it off road a couple times up in the Carolinas!

    1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      Cosworth Vega… drool…

      1. RevPiper Avatar

        Yeah pretty slick, if I remember correctly it was for sale. Probably the only one in Ohio.

        1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

          I passed on a chance to pick one up at a car lot for 3 grand a while back. Always wanted one since a buddy had one in high School. I agree with your sensibilities…

          1. RevPiper Avatar

            I was drooling over Buick Grand Nationals in High School. Vega was a little before my time.

      2. ZomBee Racer Avatar
    2. 42ford Avatar

      The Cosworth Vega went one better with a gold engine turned dash and gold plaque with the cars number.

    3. Mike_the_Dog Avatar

      Y'know, if you use the "Share" button, instead of hotlinking to the image URL, Flickr won't kill your links. Just sayin'…
      [/Flickr Pro user]

  12. Beater_DeLuxe Avatar

    Not all were specified this way, but I think my BMW Alpina B10 3.5/1 pulls off the black gold look nicely! Apologies for the poor quality photo.
    <img src="http://www.splendidauto.com/cars/1000317.jpg"&gt;

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Needs gold wheels.

      1. Beater_DeLuxe Avatar

        I thought about having my spare set powdercoated gold, but after another drink or two I realized I need them for my imaginary e34 touring project. Besides, the only way to roll on gold in a kraut-burner is with oldschool BBS!
        <img src="http://www.bargainexotics.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Porsche-911-turbo-1987-black.jpg&quot; width="500">

  13. tonyola Avatar

    Bow down before 360 cubic inches of malaise-o-riffic strangulated semi-performance. I present for your admiration and worship the 1979 Plymouth Volare Road Runner!
    <img src="http://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/crop/200702/1968-plymouth-road-runner-16_460x0w.jpg&quot; width=400>

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      As Puss In Boots would say,
      "…I have shamed myself."

    2. tonyola Avatar

      1979 AMX
      <img src="http://wizbangblue.com/images/2009/04/1979%20amx.jpg&quot; width="400/">

    3. raphaelinberlin Avatar

      We're not worthy! We're not worthy!

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      I have to say that I like the somewhat more matte gold paints to the faux-plated, super-reflective gold finishes.

    2. CptSevere Avatar

      I have fond memories of defeating a Virago like that on my old Norton from a stoplight, but I doubt it would do the same against the rest of these.

  14. P161911 Avatar

    It was mentioned yesterday, but the Dodge Midnite Express:
    <img src="http://www.internetclassiccars.com/photos/classics/13635500/13635572-2.jpg"width=500&gt;

    1. ZomBee Racer Avatar


  15. P161911 Avatar

    The Model T, before it went chrome/nickel:
    <img src="http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-1800-1919/1915-Ford-Model-T-b-nf.jpg"width=500&gt;

  16. P161911 Avatar

    Again, from yesterday, but the GMC Gentleman Jim:
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2623/4036956994_709c685359.jpg"width=500&gt;

  17. Tomsk Avatar

    GMC Gentleman Jim (from yesterday)
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2623/4036956994_709c685359.jpg&quot; width="500" />
    This Kenny Childers-owned, Harry Gant-driven '81 Olds Winston Cup car.
    <img src="http://images28.fotki.com/v1030/photos/4/465162/3424587/ryGant12OldsMartinsville1981vi-vi.jpg&quot; />

  18. P161911 Avatar

    Recently Chevy did some two tone Trailblazer LTZs in black with gold trim:
    <img src="http://carimages1.everycarlisted.com/YPA-63328/10-154_1.jpg"width=500&gt;

  19. JoeyM Avatar

    [youtube kWF-hH1nloo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWF-hH1nloo youtube]
    Datsun 10th Anniversary 280ZX (i.e. Black Gold Edition)

    1. Mad_Science Avatar

      How the hell did this take this long?!

  20. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

    This one is more gold black:
    <img src="http://www.sybarites.org/wp-content/GoldD.jpg&quot; width=500>
    Toyota used to be cool, remember that? I don't, but the evidence is still driving around.
    <img src="http://img217.imagevenue.com/loc634/th_69714_TownAceMkI78WagonblackgoldfrontL_122_634lo.JPG&quot; border="0">
    I don't know if this is original paint. It says it's Inca Gold, but that should actually be all gold.
    <img src="http://img22.imagevenue.com/loc444/th_69713_PlymouthProwlerIncagoldblackright_122_444lo.jpg&quot; border="0">
    (apologies for imagevenue)

  21. skitter Avatar

    Searching my collection and expecting only sepia tones turned up a couple of surprises:
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/ArielAtomC.jpg"&gt;
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/Porsche911GT3RS-2.jpg&quot; width="500">
    This is probably from Gran Turismo. I so don't care.
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/audi-r8.jpg&quot; width="500">
    The GT Forums revealed this:
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/FordGT.jpg&quot; width="500">
    And bring a trailer had a Mangusta(!).
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/DeTomasoMangusta.jpg&quot; width="500">
    Should I, in the future, break these into multiple posts or replies?

  22. Eggwich James Dio Avatar
    Eggwich James Dio

    When I was like twelve and Lexus debuted, they had plenty of cars available with gold badging. I saw a black ES300 or GS300 or whatever with gold badging and I was like "woah, Dad, how much does them gold letters cost?"
    And Dad was like, "psssh, those gold letters cost the same as the usual silver ones. They are just gaudy and announce to the world that you are a black guy."
    And that's the day I learned I wanted to be a black guy.

    1. Alff Avatar

      My Dad had an early '90s Legend in black with the gold badges and trim. Today's the day I learned I was black.

  23. Mr_Biggles Avatar

    Since it's in Dubai, it's not unreasonable to assume there is real gold involved.
    <img src="http://brakebanzeen.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/sls-amg-desert-gold-rear.jpg&quot; width="500">
    From a blog called Brakebanzeen.

  24. skitter Avatar

    We've forgotten Smokey Yunick's cars?
    It is a sad day.

  25. RevPiper Avatar

    Not factory but interesting..Near Lima,OH.
    <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5300/5436881857_efdd8ebc8c_b.jpg&quot; width="500">